Lucy Liu tackles directing in the newest episode of 'Graceland'

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By MAGDALENA GUILLEN

Get ready Lucy Liu fans, if you missed the sexy actress on the hit drama "Elementary" don't worry! She is back -- but this time in the director's chair.

The former "Charlie's Angel" star directed an episode of "Graceland," which airs tonight 10/9c on the USA Network and told AOL.com how directing not only challenged her, but taught her a lot.

"It was wonderful because it was really challenging in the way it is for any director that goes onto a different set and different location and throws themselves in there and then you go headfirst into it," she says. "This was the full experience, the full prep that I normally don't have, so that was just wonderful."

Not only was Liu incredibly excited to be tapped to direct the gripping drama with a new set of actors and crew, but she says it was a completely different experience from starring and directing in "Elementary."

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NEW YORK - APRIL 30: 'Absconded' -- Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson enlists Watson's services in an off-book investigation that helps him make a life-changing decision, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, May 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell, Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Sutton Foster as Tara Parker (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Actress Lucy Liu on the set of 'Elementary' on August 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
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NEW YORK - JANUARY 7: 'Seed Money' -- While Kitty tries to find a runaway teen, Sherlock and Joan work a case in which the murder of a brilliant bioengineer looks to be at the hands of a drug cartel. Also, Joan makes a major life decision but worries it will impact Sherlock negatively, not knowing that Sherlock has big news of his own, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Jan. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu and Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 23: 'The Best Way Out Is Always Through' -- When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance hits a rough patch, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 17: 'For All You Know' -- When Holmes is implicated in the murder of a woman who was killed during the height of his addiction, he investigates himself to find their connection. As Holmes retraces his steps with Watson's help, the clues make his confidence in his own character waver, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: 'One Watson, One Holmes' -- Holmes and Watson find themselves in the middle of a civil war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Lucy Liu as Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: 'The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction' -- A bored Sherlock forces his investigative services onto Joan, who is trying to locate a woman who has been missing for five years, and the only clue is the smell of nutmeg at the site of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Joan's bond with her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew, is tested when a man from her past reappears and asks for her help, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Dec. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
381311 02: Lucy Liu (Alex), Cameron Diaz (Natalie) and Drew Barrymore (Dylan), left to right, star as a trio of elite private investigators in Columbia Pictures'' action-comedy, 'Charlie''s Angels.' (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Newsmakers)
381311 05: Drew Barrymore (Dylan), Cameron Diaz (Natalie) and Lucy Liu (Alex), left to right, star as a trio of elite private investigators in Columbia Pictures'' action-comedy, 'Charlie''s Angels.' (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Newsmakers)
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"The learning curve in directing, to me is not gradual," she says. "So every time you work on another project you learn so much more than you knew before, it's not just a slight change," she dished. "It's not a 10 to 11 [jump] but from 10 to 80."

Although she learns something new each time, she believes the ultimate key to being a great director is communication -- not just with your crew, but the entire production team.

And Liu is not one to stray away from taking her own advice. The actress said she takes what she knows as an actor and applies it to everything she does whether it be directing, acting, or her newest venture, her adorable pet line that was inspired by the lack of quality she and a friend found in pet toys.

Even though she still loves acting, Liu says she sees directing as a new space for her in her career. "I love comedies and love that genre specifically," she says. "But that is a very different thing, so I'd probably have to learn a little bit more about it before going headlong into it."

One thing is for sure, we are incredibly excited to see what Liu directs next!

Catch her episode of "Graceland" tonight, 10/9c on the USA Network.
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